We often forget how important creativity is. Every child is creative, but somewhere in live we lose our creative abilities. I think our creativity gets crushed under the massive pile of books that we have to learn by heart in various educational institutions, and after a while we are so focused on learning things by heart and to do everything the right way, and suddenly there’s no room for creativity.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.
I don’t think we realise how valuable creativity is in our personal lives and in business. Let’s start with taking a look at the importance of creativity in the business world. Creativity is vital in the creation of new products, new ideas, advertisement and problem solving. If you look at it creativity is vital in every process of most businesses, because most businesses follow this pattern. You first have to create the product or come up with an idea of a service you want to sell. Then you have to advertise the product, and you always have to solve problems, and many of these problems won’t have a straight forward solution, and therefore you have to be creative.
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
The personal benefits of creativity are different. While you in business use creativity as a tool to succeed, the personal benefits of creativity are joy and peace. Creativity is a great way to express your emotions, and think we all have experienced how good it’s to express what we fell. This isn’t about how you express your emotions, but that you do it. Another good thing about being creative is that you use the right part of your brain. The left side of the brain is the side you use the most in the daily life, and it’s main tasks is logic, facts, math and language, and after a long day at work this part of the brain will most likely be tired, and therefore being creative and access emotions and imagination will rest the left part of the brain, and use the right side instead. This will be relaxing and give you new energy.
Personally I try to paint as often I can. I’m not a great painter, but I enjoy it, and it’s a great emotional release. What creative spare time activities do you have?
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller
“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward
I believe you can choose to be happy. It may sound strange and even a bit delusional, but I’ve experienced it first-hand. You can choose to be happy no matter how your circumstances are. I’ve have a lot of friends that whose first response was “Do you want me to say to myself I’m happy, I’m happy, I’m happy, I’m happy… until I am?” The answer to that question is no. You don’t choose to be happy by tricking yourself to be happy, but by actually be happy.
It’s all about focus. What you focus on you become. The key of choosing to be happy is to focus on the things that make you happy. If you focus on how bad everything is you’ll get depressed, and the same way will focusing on things you’re grateful for make you happy. Take a minute now to think about all you’re thankful for…
When you feel sad next time, think of those things, and focus on what you have, and not on what you don’t have. It is also a good idea to make a list and carry it with you at all times.
“Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Who am I?” I bet you have asked yourself that question a thousand times, I know I have, but I’ve never found a simple answer to that question.
Every person is different. We are created different, but we also evolve. Our choices and our experiences form who we are, and set the direction for who we will be in the future. Even though we get formed by our experiences and circumstances, we can chose to go a different way through our choices, but some things we cannot change. This is who we were born as. The bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (psalm 139:14), and even thou you may not believe in Jesus and what the bible says, I think we all can agree on that every person is unique and wonderful.
What I really want to say is that: you are perfect! Don’t be a cheap copy of someone else, when you can be the masterpiece that is you.
Don’t let fear hold you back
We all have things that we love to do, and are passionate about, but we often let what people say and think stand in the way of us doing what we love, because we are afraid of what they might think and say.
I have always loved to dance and sing, but I got a lot of criticism and put downs from my family, and especially from my brother. I never where a good singer, but I was quite good at breakdancing, but because of what my family said to me, I never sang when there was anyone else in the house, and when I danced I always locked to door, and danced in the basement.
Time went by, and slowly I began to question why I was so afraid of what they were thinking, and that led to a journey where I was questioning everything that was being said to me, and I asked myself: “will I let this stop me from doing what I love, will I let this bind me, or will I break free?”
I realized that it was more important to be happy, do what I love, be free and be myself, than listen to everything other people were saying. This didn’t only change my singing and dancing, it changed my whole life. People could say mean things to me and I wouldn’t care, because I didn’t define my worth by what people said about me, but I defined my worth be who I were.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
Be yourself, no matter what people say. Always be polite and kind, but cast away your fears and be YOU!
Many of us go through life and wait for the big things, those exiting moments where everything changes, and so we wait…
We continue waiting and waiting and waiting and planning the next big exciting moment, but what we don’t realise are that we miss out on a lot of great moments. Someone once said “All those moments that passed me by; I didn’t know that they were life.” What I am saying is that when we are focused on planning the future, we forget to enjoy the present. I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan the future, we should, but I wonder if we sometimes are so obsessed with the future that we forget to enjoy the present. The greatest moments in my life haven’t been big, but the best moments are moments that passes in an blink of an eye, but was filled with such joy, love and beauty that those small things remains in my mind and heart even though the moment has passed.
I wonder what life would be like if we managed to live like today was our last day, but plan as we would live a thousand years. To enjoy every moment, and everything to the fullest, and at the same time make choices that are beneficial over time.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson